Information for Parents
Summerreading.org is a great tool to encourage your child to read!
Help them create an account and add books to their online shelf
throughout the summer.
- Read to children from the time they are born. It’s never too early to start!
- Set aside a special time to read, when you and your family are relaxed.
- Children enjoy setting the pace of reading time. Encourage them to turn pages.
- Many children like to hear the same story again and again. It comforts them and helps develop language skills.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your child safe online:
- Privacy. Educate your child about the importance of keeping personal information
- Discourage your child from giving out personal information such
as his/her last name, age, home address, school name, or telephone
number without your approval.
- Discourage your child from sharing his/her online passwords with anyone other than you.
- Familiarize yourself with how your child's information is being
used online. Read the privacy policies of the websites your child visits
- Social Networking. Encourage your child to be
honest about his/her age when signing up for social networking sites
(e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and MySpace) or blogs. These
sites and services often have minimum age requirements and may not be
appropriate for all children.
- Posting Images/Videos. Discourage your child from posting photos or videos online
without your approval.
- Inappropriate Messages. Discourage your child from responding to messages that are
suggestive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.
- Meeting Strangers. Don't allow your child to
arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone he/she met over the Internet
without your approval. Remember that people online may not be who they
say they are.
- Other tips:
- Advertising and Inaccurate Information. Teach
your child to be a critical consumer of information. Make sure your
child knows that not everything he/she reads on the Internet is true.
- Child Exploitation. If you or your child
becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography, report it to the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
- Communication. Talk with your child about
his/her favorite websites, how much time he/she should spend online,
what information he/she can share with online friends and what kinds of
sites you want him/her to visit.